MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from IIT, Madras

Posted by Nehaa Chaudhari at May 24, 2016 05:12 PM |
This post provides a factual description about the operation of Ministry of Human Resource Development IPR Chair’s Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) scheme in IIT Madras.

Nisha S. Kumar assisted in compilation of the document.


The author has analysed all the data received under various heads such as income, grants from MHRD, planned and non-planned expenditure, nature and frequency of programmes organised and the allocation of funds for the same. Throughout the course of observation and presentation of the analysed data, the author seeks to trace the presence of unjustified underutilization of funds by the aforementioned university as provided by the MHRD during the period of 2006-2014.

To collect the information for the given study, an RTI application was filed to the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras on 17/12/2014 by the Centre for Internet and Society. The reply to this RTI application was received on 02/02/2014. Following the inadequacy of the response by the institute, the Centre for Internet and Society filed a second RTI application on 09/02/2015. The reply to this application was received on 12/03/2015. These are the documents received by CIS from IIT Madras:

  • Click for response to first RTI and supporting documents provided click here
  • For response to second RTI application click here

Hereinafter, in order to receive any information about IIT Madras’s RTI reply, kindly refer to the above mentioned links. Following are the queries mentioned in the RTI application along with their replies.

  • Reports on the implementation of the IPERPO scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the implementation of the MHRD IPR Chair funded under the scheme at IIT Madras from 2006-2014
    Reply: IIT Madras replied that there is no report with respect to the implementation of the scheme and the IPR chair at IIT Madras.
  • Documents detailing the release of grants to the MHRD IPR Chairs under the IPERPO Scheme
    Reply: The University received a grant of Rs. 25,00,000 from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development under the IPERPO scheme. This amount was sanctioned for the purpose of furthering the objectives of the scheme.
  • Documents relating to receipts of utilisation certificates and audited expenditure statements and matters related to all financial sanctions with regard to funds granted to the MHRD IPR Chair established under the IPERPO scheme at IIT Madras.
    Reply: The University has submitted utilization certificates from 2006 to 2014.

Comparative Analysis between University Response and the guidelines of MHRD Scheme Document

The Scheme Document of MHRD (http://copyright.gov.in/Documents/scheme.pdf) is a comprehensive document which consists of guidelines regarding Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach. It talks about a list of objectives, purposes, conditions and eligibility criteria for a University to ensure in order to implement IPERPO in a truest sense. This document provides the procedural as well as qualifying conditions for an Institute to ensure or fulfil before applying for the MHRD grant. Some of these conditions include maintenance of utilization certificates, audit reports, expenditure statements and event information which would be open to access on demand by MDHR or Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

A. Objectives
The University has not provided any documents detailing any activities undertaken to further th objectives of the IPERPO scheme.

B. Eligibility
IIT Madras is recognized by the University Grants Commission. Therefore, it fulfils the eligibility criteria mentioned in the scheme document.

Financial Analysis
The University has provided the utilization certificates for the period 2006-2014.

A. Financial year 2006-07

Utilization

A sanctioned amount of Rs. 25,00,000 was received by the University with a carried forward balance of Rs. 1,09,119. There were no expenditures incurred by the University.

B. Financial year 2007-08

Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. However, last year’s unutilized balance of Rs.26,09,119 carried over with an additional Rs. 2,00,000 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

C. Financial year 2008-09

Utilization

The University did not receive any additional grant from the Ministry, however, last year’s unutilized balance of Rs. 28,09,119 carried over with an additional Rs. 2,00,000 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

D. Financial year 2009-10

Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the ministry however, the last year’s balance of unutilized balance of Rs. 30,09,119 carried forward entirely with an additional Rs. 1,33,177 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

E. Financial year 2010-11
Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the ministry however, the last year’s balance of unutilized balance of Rs. 31,42,296 carried forward entirely with an additional Rs. 1,33,176 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

F. Financial year 2011-12
Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the ministry however, the last year’s balance of unutilized balance of Rs. 32,75,472 carried forward entirely with an additional Rs. 1,33,176 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

G. Financial year 2012-13

Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the ministry however, the last year’s balance of unutilized balance of Rs. 34,08,648 carried forward entirely with an additional Rs. 1,33,176 received as interest. There were no expenses incurred.

H. Financial year 2013-14
Utilization

The University did not receive any grant from the ministry however, the last year’s balance of unutilized balance of Rs. 35,41,824 carried forward entirely with an additional Rs. 1,33,176 received as interest amounting to a total of Rs. 36,75,000. Expenses amounting to Rs. 5,25,783 were incurred by the University leading to an unspent balance of Rs. 31,49,217.

An expenditure breakdown has not been provided by the University.

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